Former Nets assistant GM talks Jason Kidd, Nets trades & non-trades, NBA free agency


Former Nets assistant general manager Bobby Marks discussed his rise from the New Jersey Nets public relations department into an assistant GM role, some of his old Nets stories, and the NBA at large on the Dunc’d On Podcast with Nate Duncan late Thursday.

Marks has enjoyed a bit of a rise on social media with his cap-related tweets breaking down 2015 free agency, but he maintained that doing cap work was about “20 percent” of his job when he was with the Nets, with other roles including team travel, draft workouts, overseeing the team scouting database, and more.

Some highlights of the podcast:

  • Marks notes the well-known fact that the Nets nearly lost Jason Kidd to the San Antonio Spurs in free agency, but Kidd stuck around — partially because Joumana, his wife at the time, had “bought into the New York aspect” of the Nets, despite not wanting anything to do with New Jersey at the time of the trade.

  • Of Nets players, Marks said Brook Lopez and now-Phoenix Sun Mirza Teletovic are two of his favorite players to spend time with off the court.
  • Marks talked the stagnancy the Nets felt for two years while the team chased Carmelo Anthony & Dwight Howard: “It felt like for two years in a row we were chasing these big stars and everything, and what that does sometimes is it halts all the other things that you’re trying to accomplish, where you’re kind of really focused in on one thing, which can kind of be a little bit detrimental, because you worry about some of the more important things. So we had two years of that craziness.”

Listen below.

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